The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has a volunteer page where there are listings of different ways to get involved and make a difference.
If you are looking to get involved locally, one of the best ways to get involved is to contact a hospital or clinic near you. Most opportunities don’t requre that you have previous experience, but “volunteers are required to be friendly, outgoing and willing to work with all types of people.”
The World Federation of Occupational Therapists gives a lot of opportunities to get involved as an occupational therapist in many countries such as Haiti, India, and Sri Lanka.
Volunteer Work and Intern Abroad in Occupational Therapy: Whether you are a trained professional looking for a worthwhile and exciting way of using your annual leave, a student searching for something relevant to do on your summer break or an undergraduate organizing an overseas elective, you will have a valuable role to play in one of the hospitals, clinics or centers that we work with.
The American Occupational Therapy Association works hard to increase public awareness of Occupational Therapy during Public Awareness/OT Month, and spread the word about what Occupational Therapy can do to help people live their lives to the fullest! Plan an event and spread the word about occupational therapy!
Community Helpers offers great information about becoming a Voluntary Occupational Therapist Assistant. Volunteering can be a good way to gain experience if you are thinking of becoming an OT or working in the health field. It is also rewarding in its own right and puts you at the heart of a team. Roles may be available in hospitals, day care centres or in the community at client’s own homes.
Indeed dot com has a forum where different people discuss ways to get involved with Occupational Therapy even if you don’t have any experience. Join the conversation and find ways to get involved!